Archive for Saturday, July 3, 2010

Source: Stoudemire done in Phoenix

July 3, 2010


Phoenix — A person with knowledge of the situation says Amare Stoudemire’s days with the Phoenix Suns are over after the team reached contract agreements with forward Hakim Warrick and center Channing Frye.

The person told the Associated Press that Warrick agreed to a four-year, $18 million deal on Friday, shortly after Frye agreed to a five-year, $30 million offer to re-sign with Phoenix.

The two agreements mean any deal with Stoudemire would put the Suns far over the amount the franchise is willing to pay.


Bulls, Cavs fighting for LeBron

Cleveland — The preliminary bouts are finished. It’s time for the main event in the fight for LeBron James, free agent extraordinaire.

Chicago vs. Cleveland.

To the winner, the crowned King. Maybe.

With New Jersey, New York, Miami and the Los Angeles Clippers having come and gone after making their pitches to land James, the Bulls and Cavaliers — considered co-favorites entering the summer’s LeBronathon — will have opportunities to convince the reigning MVP that they are the team for him.

The Cavs will go first at 11 a.m. today, while the Bulls will follow at 2:30 p.m.

Wade meets again with Chicago

Chicago — The sweepstakes for Dwyane Wade have gotten a lot more interesting.

The Miami Heat star on Friday wrapped up his second meeting in two days with the Chicago Bulls, who are clearly intrigued with the possibility of landing the free-agent guard — perhaps as bait in addition to his skills.

Wade’s morning started with the Knicks, who became the fourth team in two days hoping to lure Wade away from the Heat.

Mavs make offer to Nowitzki

Dallas — Dirk Nowitzki now knows how much he’s worth to the Dallas Mavericks. Whether it’s enough remains to be seen.

Mavericks president Donnie Nelson said he made a “significant” contract offer to Nowitzki’s adviser during a meeting Friday. Nowitzki could respond as soon as today, when the sides are expected to meet again.

Bosh sits down with Knicks

Chicago — Chris Bosh met for more than two hours Friday with the New York Knicks, the latest suitor hoping to land the coveted free-agent forward.

In a tweet, Bosh called the Knicks’ presentation during a meeting that lasted 2 hours and 40 minutes “another impressive one.”

Source: Bucks, Salmons agree

Milwaukee — The Milwaukee Bucks agreed in principle Friday to a $40 million, five-year deal with free-agent guard John Salmons, a person familiar with the negotiations told the Associated Press.

Cleveland introduces Scott

Independence, Ohio — Byron Scott, who was introduced in a news conference as the Cleveland Cavaliers’ new coach on Friday, says he’s confident LeBron James will choose to contend for NBA titles near his roots, too.

Scott said he didn’t try to contact James, respecting his privacy, but spoke to people close to him to gauge what he’s like.

Celtics sign top pick Bradley

Boston — The Boston Celtics have signed top draft pick Avery Bradley.

Bradley was the No. 19 overall selection in last week’s NBA Draft.

Bradley was a shooting guard in his only year at Texas. He will serve as Rajon Rondo’s understudy at point guard.

The 6-foot-3, 180-pound Bradley averaged 11.6 points last year. As a high school senior, ESPN chose him the national player of the year and the No. 1 prospect in the country.


Rose leads; Tiger hanging on

Newton Square, Pa. — Justin Rose played bogey-free on Friday and shot the best score of the tournament, a 6-under 64, to build a one-shot lead over Jason Day and Charlie Wi going into the weekend of the AT&T; National.

The weekend will include defending champion Tiger Woods, but just barely. He had an even-par 70, making a routine par on his last hole to make the cut on the number.

Choi leads classic by 2 strokes

Sylvania, Ohio — Na Choi followed an opening 7-under 64 with a 67 on Friday in the second round of the Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic to forge a two-stroke lead. She’ll be chasing her third career victory.


Armstrong tempers expectations

Rotterdam, Netherlands — The Tour de France gets under way today, and Lance Armstrong says he doesn’t expect to win the 5.5-mile prologue of what will be his last ride in cycling’s premier event.

Last year, his failure in the Annecy time trial hampered his chances in his comeback attempt to win the Tour for the eighth time. Armstrong eventually finished third.

“I’m not going to win on (today), I know that,” Armstrong said. “These time trials ... I don’t know, it’s just I’ve lost it.”

Auto racing

Earnhardt drives No. 3 to victory

Daytona Beach, Fla. — The No. 3 went back to Victory Lane at Daytona International Speedway, where Dale Earnhardt Jr. drove a car that honored his late father to his first NASCAR victory in more than three years.

Earnhardt, winless in any NASCAR points race since a Sprint Cup victory at Michigan in 2007, took the lead on pit road under caution with 26 laps to go Friday night in the Nationwide Series race.


Burress reapplies for work release

New York — The New York Daily News is reporting that Plaxico Burress has applied for work release for the second time during his two-year prison sentence on gun charges.

The former New York Giants wide receiver originally applied for work release in November, but it was denied by the New York Department of Correctional Services.


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